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Open.Innovation - 1st place: "Der Ötscher ruft nach deinen Ideen!“

Open.Innovation - 1st place: "Der Ötscher ruft nach deinen Ideen!“


The prize for innovations created through the power of the crowd was awarded in three categories: Open.Innovation, Innovation.Funding and Corporate.Innovation. Numerous projects from Germany, Austria and Switzerland applied for the coveted trophies. Three per category were awarded prizes.

In the category Open.Innovation the project "Der Ötscher ruft nach deinen Ideen!“ won. The project was supervised and submitted by the "Digital Innovation Hub Ost, represented by ecoplus.

With a mobilized crowd of almost 20,000 people for the preservation of the Ötscher lifts in Lackenhof, Lower Austria. Over a period of only 60 days, an impressive 467 ideas were submitted and vividly discussed by the community.

After the community voting, a jury of experts selected the best ten ideas, which will later be incorporated into the tourism site development.

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From left to right:
Doris Suppan, isn, Coordinator Crowdinnovation Award 2023
Jens Rockel, Deputy Head of Innovation Financing Fraunhofer Center IMW, supporting partner Crowdinnovation Award
Joachim Schwerin, Principal Economist, Unit Digital Transformation of Industry, DG GROW, European Commission, Juror Crowdinnovation Award 2023
Karoline PerchthalerCFO isn, Head of Innovation Funding
Peter Brandstetter, ecoplus, Digital Innovation Hub Ost

The summary of the jury evaluation

The evaluations of the first idea "Der Ötscher ruft nach deinen Ideen" were predominantly positive. It was acknowledged that the project generated a large number of ideas and effectively mobilized crowd participation. The societal benefits and the ecologically sustainable impact were seen as fulfilled. Although the economic impact remains to be seen, the project was rated overall as successful and inspiring.

In an interview with isn, Peter Brandstetter talks about the 1st place award and where the project stands today:

The crowd powered innovation award is an initiative of the European Digital Innovation Hub (EDIH) Crowd in Motion and the Fraunhofer-Zentrum für Internationales Management und Wissensökonomie (IMW) in Leipzig, Germany.

Impressions of the award ceremony and the isn celebrates 20 + 2 years event were captured in the highlight video of the event.

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